Leonardo da Vinci's study of mechanics led to the creation of early prototypes of flying machines and submarines. Biologist Carolus Linnaeus pioneered the hierarchal system of taxonomic classification in use today, Barbara McClintock's genetics research garnered her the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The detailed profiles of these and many other notable scientists collected in these pages are bound to fascinate and inspire readers.
Gr 9 Up–This ambitious series corrals world history’s major doers and thinkers whose work challenges and inspires people consistently, or incites change or reform on a large scale. People of many races and nationalities are represented. Careful wording bridges one chronologically arranged article to the next, enhancing the idea that one person’s work builds on an earlier individual’s accomplishments. The style of writing varies some from article to article. Some pieces are written in an accessible, straightforward style, while others are convoluted. Painters and Sculptors states, for example, that “…the complex culture of late Medicean Florence, which was simultaneously infused with the romantic sentiment of courtly love and with the humanist interest for Classical antiquity and its vanished artistic traditions, employed these mythological figures more fully and in more correctly antiquarian fashion.” That aside, this series is a goldmine. A few black-and-white illustrations appear throughout.